Wizarding Week: NEWT-Northern England Wizard Tour, Part 2

NEWT: Northern England Wizard Tour, Part 2

  • Drive 1.5 hour from Goathland to Durham
    • Durham Cathedral
  • Drive 1 hour to Alnwick
    • Alnwick Castle
    • Lunch at Courtyard Café
  • Drive 2 hours to Edinburgh
    • Stay at the Balmoral Hotel

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Day Five

  • Drive 1.5 hours from Goathland to Durham.
  • Head to Durham Cathedral.
      Durham Cathedral Cloisters

    • There is no admission fee to wander the grounds, though a donation is kindly requested. If you wish to take a tour of the facilities, the fee is £5 in the summer holiday season and £2.50 in winter. The tower is an additional £5. For more information on what each tour offers, check here.
    • The Cathedral is generally open daily though special events may change availability so call ahead.
    • Durham Cathedral was used especially in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, as the set where Professor McGonagall’s Transfiguration class took place and the snowy scenes with Harry and Hedwig.
    • The set was also used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets outdoors, where Ron tells Draco to “Eat Slugs” after the Quidditch practice confrontation and indoors, where Hermione hatches her polyjuice potion plan.
  • Drive 1 hour from Durham to Alnwick.
  • Head to Alnwick Castle.
      alnwick castle

    • Alnwick Castle is open April through October. It is the second largest inhabited castle in England. Prices for the 2011 season are not currently posted.
    • The castle has regular entertainment, including archery lessons, Harry Potter themed hijinks, and history lessons.
    • The Courtyard Café here would make a great lunch stop.
    • The castle was used for many exterior shots of Hogwarts, including Madame Hooch’s flying lessons in year 1 and the car crash scene in year 2.
  • Drive 2 hours to Edinburgh.
  • Stay at the Balmoral Hotel overnight.
      Edinburgh at Night

    • JK Rowling stayed at this hotel when hiding away to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She signed a bust of Hermes in the room with these words, “JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th jan 2007.”

Check back tomorrow as we finish the tour with a 2-day journey in Scotland and a trip on the “Hogwarts Express“.

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